Legendary satirist Paul Krassner, The Rag Blog's David Hamilton (pictured), and French-based journalist Steve Weissman join Rag Radio host Thorne Dreyer in a timely -- and lively -- discussion of "Blasphemy, Satire, and Charlie Hebdo."
Krassner published and edited The Realist -- perhaps the closest thing to Charlie Hebdo in U.S. publishing history -- from 1958-2001, and he provides colorful historical context. Hamilton and Weissman discuss the limits to free speech (both believe it should be nearly absolute, short of calls to violence and "shouting fire in a crowded theater"). They also flesh out Charlie Hebdo, which satirizes all religions -- and religion itself -- and whose primary target has been the French far right; and they discuss issues involving the unique nature of French society and the diversity of the Muslim community which includes secularists who oppose extremism and even defend Charlie Hebdo.
"Investigative satirist" Paul Krassner was the founder and editor of the legendary journal of social and political satire, The Realist. An author, journalist, and stand-up comic, Krassner was a founder of the Youth International Party (the Yippies), and was a member of Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters. Once called "a raving, unconfined nut" by the FBI, Paul is a contributor to The Rag Blog and a returning guest on Rag Radio.
Longtime Austin activist and writer David P. Hamilton, is a regular contributor to The Rag Blog (TheRagBlog.com), often writing about France and French society. David and his wife Sally live part of every year in France. A retired teacher, David is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin in history and government and was a contributor to the original Rag in '60s-'70s Austin.
A veteran of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement and the New Left monthly Ramparts, Steve Weissman lived for many years in London, working as a magazine writer and a producer for the BBC. He now lives and works in the Dordogne, deep in the French countryside, where he writes on international affairs. His work appears regularly at Reader Supported News and has previously been published by Truthout, Salon, and The Rag Blog. He joins us live from his home in France.
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz; Still Photographer: Roger Baker. Rag Radio (koop.org/ragradio) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (TheRagBlog.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) and on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1 on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Central). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Running time: 56:05.